Full Bio

Mrs. Gish has worked in education since 1995. She has been a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher, Information Technology Coordinator, Literacy Coach and her most favorite of all jobs, School Media Specialist. Mrs. Gish holds a Masters of Library Science from IUPUI, a Masters of Instructional Technology from Purdue Calumet and teaching certification from Purdue North Central and is an Apple Certified Teacher.

Memberships & Committees

  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE)
  • Teacher Created Materials, Advisory Board Member (2011 - Present)
  • Grant Reader ALA, Innovative Reading Grant Award (2012)
  • AISLE, committee member for Status of Staffing of School Libraries Task Force
  • International Society for Teacher Educators: Special Interest Groups for Media Specialists (ISTE SIGMS), grant reader for teacher/librarian collaboration award (2011)

Awards, Grants & Fellowships

2016-2017 History as Literature: Using literature to teach American History - $5,000.00 From the Indiana Humanities Foundation to purchase literature for social studies classes, one book, one school

2015-2016 ~ Digital Learning Lab from Lowe's Toolbox for Education - $5,00.00 to add flexible learning spaces and robots to the media center for students to use.

2014-2015 ~ Library Service & Technology Act (LSTA) $10,000.00 grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services. Funds were used to purchase Kindle Fires, audio/visual production station, and movie making enhancements.

2015-2016 ~ Library Service & Technology Act (LSTA) $7,000.00 grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services. Grant was used to purchase iPads, green screen, lights, and microphones.

2012-2013 Indiana Department of Education, Early Intervention Grant, received $10,000.00 for the support of early reading intervention

2011-2012 Laura Bush Foundation Grant to Libraries, received $4,000.00 to update and diversity the school library non-fiction collection for one school

2011 Library of Congress Teacher of Primary Sources, Selected to attend a week long workshop at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to learn how to incorporate primary sources into the K-5 curriculum

2011 Esther V. Burrin (School Media Project) Award, Indiana Library Federation - Honors and recognizes an exemplary project in an Indiana school library program, or a project that impacts of supports school library programs throughout Indiana. Champion Librarians

2011 Outstanding New Librarian Award, Indiana Library Federation - Honors and recognizes a current school librarian who is making contributions to student learning.

2010-2011 - Laura Bush Foundation Grant to Libraries, received grants totaling $15,000.00 to update the non-fiction collection in three school libraries

2003 Women & hi Tech of Indiana, received an education award for making a difference in technology and education

2002 American Association of University Women - Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship, received $15,000.00 to organize and fund a gender equity program in an elementary school

1998 - 1999 Indiana Department of Education, Early Intervention Grant, - $10,000 to provide reading materials for at-risk students and their families